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October 2019
I’m thrilled to have been selected as a City Music Foundation Artist!

 I’m looking forward to realising some exciting projects with the mentorship of their fantastic team. 

http://www.citymusicfoundation.org/artist/rosalind-ventris/

I’m writing from Prague where I’ve been spending a few fascinating days furthering my research of Czech late-nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century music and performance practice, thanks to the RIAM Amplify Research Grant. My Edison Fellowship blog has been published on the British Library Sound and Vision website, which gives a taste of my time at the British Library

Earlier this month I was back in the studio for some sessions, including a recording ‘notes on the era of shared memory’ for string quartet by Mira Calix. A couple of performances of Czech repertoire I gave last year were broadcast on BBC Radio 3 whilst I’ve been in Prague:
Suk Meditaiton on the Old Czech Chorale ‘St. Wenceslas (7:55)
Hay Festival 2018

I was excited to be perform with Will Dutta in Part 1 of the 20/19 Project at Westgate Hall in Kent on October 16th: an exploration of three viola sonatas written in 1919 with three new audiovisual interludes by Ana Quiroga and Pedro Maia (Studio Will Dutta Production).

September 2019
September means back to school at the RIAM! Lovely to be starting my second year here. 

Amongst my performances this month it was brilliant to step back into quartet life briefly performing Beethoven’s Op.59 No.2, Turnage’s string quartet ‘Winter’s Edge’ and the Debussy string quartet with the Piatti Quartet earlier this month.

I took part in a (clothed!) life-drawing class whilst rehearsing Rebecca Clarke, Hindemith and even trying a bit of improvisation at the Faversham Assembly Rooms in Kent. It was such a nice event to be part of: musicians and artists focused on their work but also aware of each other’s presence and finding inspiration from that. (Some of the results in the picture above.) 

Our Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective performances from the Cheltenham Festival this summer were broadcast on BBC Radio 3: 

Amy Beach’s Piano Quintet (26:20)
Germaine Tailleferre String Quartet and Fanny Mendelssohn Piano Trio in D minor
https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m0008q8m

Listening to these brought back such great memories from our residency and I can’t wait to work with the Kaleidoscope team again later in the year at the Cambridge Music Festival. 

Richard Blackford’s Kalon (recorded with my former string quartet (the Albion), Jirí Rožeň and the Czech Philharmonic last year) was released on Signum Classics earlier this month. You can buy/download it here:

August 2019
I’ve been travelling around Europe this August performing as part of the Odyssey Ensemble for Klangkunst klassik in Germany, Chamber music on Valentia (back in Ireland), and then I finished the month off by performing sextets alongside my mentor Miguel da Silva at the Sion Festival in Switzerland. 
 
August also saw the birth of the first ever Royal Irish Academy of Music Summer Chamber Music Course! I played and rehearsed alongside a group of talented students from the RIAM and the course culminated in two performances: one in Surrey and one in central London, UK. Our chef was unwell so I also took on most of the cooking during the week. As a result my vegetarian recipe repertoire has increased dramatically and I’m hoping to do more veggie cooking soon!  

It’s been such a wonderful and fulfilling summer. A huge thank you to everyone who made it so great (you know who you are;)).
July 2019 
This month has been very busy and rewarding so far! I feel really lucky to have spent it in the company of amazing and inspiring friends and colleagues at different summer festivals: Cheltenham Music Festival, St Albans International Organ Festival, Ryedale Festival and still to come Lake District Summer Music Festival at the end of the month! 

This lovely 4* review in The Times gives an idea of what we were up to in Cheltenham:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/kaleidoscope-chamber-collective-review-a-concert-to-bust-the-myths-about-female-composers-h0ttsqgw6

June 2019 
I had a magical few days in Dublin as part of  the Great Music in Irish Houses Festival playing with brilliant colleagues from the Royal Irish Academy of Music: Fionnuala Hunt, Lynda O’Connor, Christopher Marwood and John O’Conor. 

My trio (Trio Anima) gave the world premiere of a new work by Rory Boyle at St John’s Smith Square London in our evening recital on June 20th. 

I had a great time performing and 
recording Holst’s The Cloud Messenger with the Choir of King’s College London, Joseph Fort and The Strand Ensemble for Delphian Records. Look out for the disc of this stunning new chamber version in April 2020!

This month also saw the publication of an article I wrote for The Strad!
Here is an abridged version:


or you can buy the full June Edition here online: 


Having recently spent a lot of time listening to Czech music at the British Library I approached the playing of Marie Hall, Erica Morini and Daisy Kennedy from the angle of the influence of Ševčík’s teaching and method. 
May 2019 

Welcome to my new site! 
Thanks for visiting.

It’s been a really wonderful month playing with fantastic musicians including Ning Feng, Daniel Rowland, So-Ock Kim, Isang Enders, Maja Bogdanović, Michael Petrov, Xuefei Yang, Will Vann, Anna Huntley, the Aronowitz Ensemble, and colleagues and students from the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin. I recently made a Facebook Artist Page too: 


Hope to see you at a concert soon.

Rosalind x
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